Library Receives Access Training Award

Bradford — Bradford Public Library, the first library chartered by a Vermont town, was among three sites in New England recently chosen to host a field-based training to improve accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The New England ADA Center and the Vermont Center for Independent Living will provide the training, set for July 16.

“Small town libraries across the state are finding creative solutions to update their programs and buildings, and we are thrilled for this chance to work with library directors Debra Tinkham and Gail LaVaude to bring this historically significant building up to current standards for accessibility,” said Sarah Launderville, the center’s executive director.

Librarians and municipal ADA coordinators from other towns are also encouraged to attend.

Built in 1865, the library was designed by Vermont architect Lambert Packard, who also designed the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury.

The brick and stone library building features a polygonal north apse, projecting gable dormers, a two-story octagonal tower, circular corner tourelles and stone and terra-cotta embellishments.

Registration opens June 16. To register, contact the New England ADA Center at 1-800-949-4232 or

Applicants for next year’s award cycle should contact Kim Brittenham at Vermont Center for Independent Living. — Staff report